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Meta Optimizing

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by seohp, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. seohp

    seohp New Member Webmaster

    There is an interesting meta description tag and what limit there is on length. When it comes to optimizing your site for search engines, how important are meta tags? In the view of many experts, search engines (especially Google) have learned to minimize the importance of meta tags as being little more than internal spam.

    An exception would be the description meta tag which is your best opportunity to sum up what your site is about in a few, carefully picked, descriptive words. The description will be picked up by search engines, so what you say is important. Not only that, but how fast you say it can be important. Too long a description may look like “stuffing” and will be truncated anyway.

    “Most search engines will truncate the description tag displaying no more than 200 characters so there is likely no reason to go higher. Also, meta data used to be a place where many people would stuff keywords (now, it’s content stuffing). You *may* look like your keyword stuffing if you have too much information in the meta description.

    To avoid truncation by the search engines in their SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages), your meta description tag should be concise, within 140 to 200 characters. Truncation will vary depending on the search engine and the number of characters displayed in the search results.”
  2. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    I think this is a well put together post on how to use meta tags better, well done :)
  3. UK WW ex member

    UK WW ex member New Member Webmaster

    Yes right you are the description attribute is important as it is shown in the search result, as you said it is one of the best resource one should use intellegently .

    vistors will click reading this texts if the find it attractive.
  4. Yes well done, but when posting something you haven't written yourself it's good to add a link to the source to give credit.
  5. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Good post - rep added :)
  6. OldWelshGuy

    OldWelshGuy New Member Webmaster

    SEOHP, did you grab that article from here by an chance? Blogger Forum - Blogger Blog » Meta Optimizing

    Can you please cite the source of the original article for the sake of best practice and copyright legalities. If not then it is going to have to be removed, which is a shame :(
  7. That's why I posted the upper post. And that's not the only location I found it.
  8. OldWelshGuy

    OldWelshGuy New Member Webmaster


    I guess it was an honest mistake though and that the guy/guyette ;) who started this thread will pop back and correct the ommission of citation. No harm done then right! :)
  9. Sure! Could happen to anyone. :D

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